Well, itâs been an exciting three weeks with little miss Juliet. Not all of it smooth, but weâre coping.
First, Juliet came to us with Giardiaâan intestinal parasite. That in itself isnât that roughâthe bug is treatable with some de-worming medication and antibiotics. But, she had a scathing bout of diarrhea as a result both of the Giardia and potentially from the stress of being kenneled (we had to go away for the weekend right after we got her). Of course, she had to go in the middle of the night, and like a smart dog, she âaimedâ outside of her crate and nailed the bedroom carpet. Let me tell you, steam cleaning that stainâ¦beyond nasty. And she gave the Giardia to Jasmine.
We put both dogs on the meds, and Jasmine got worse. She was getting very sluggish and was running a temp, so we took her to the vet. While on the table at the vetâs office, an abscess (which we missed) popped and she gushed all over the table. Ew. But it was the source of her temp and issues (she had a particularly nasty infectionâfar worse than weâd seen before), and we were able to get it treated. She was also placed on a bland diet to help calm her tummy. Rice is NOT her favorite food, but being the trooper that she isâ¦ she tolerates it as long as itâs accompanied by boiled chicken!
Now the third issue in the new dog tri-fecta is house-training Juliet. Up to yesterday, the only place she would poop wasâ¦in the house. Weâd take her outside, spend hours going in and out, but as soon as she was off-leash in the houseâBOOM. She started by stealth-pooping as she was running down the hall, but became brazen about it and began just squatting right in front of us! Weâd try to take her out and get her to go outside when we caught her in the act, but we werenât able to get her to go any more to mark the behavior. So yesterday, I spent five hours going outside with her, taking her back in and crating, back out, etc. I finally took her on a long walk, and she finally pooped. Of course, we still havenât been able to get her to go in the yard. Weâre following some advice and getting an outdoor wire pen to put her in to give her some off-leash experience âgoingâ in the yard. Weâve been successfully getting her to pee outside in the yard, but not poop.
So Iâve stocked up on Natureâs Miracle and weâre trying positive reinforcement (praise and treats, marking actions with her go words) just like we did with Jasmine. But I have a feeling this stubborn little gal is going to be a challenge!